International pressure mounts over Gaza blockade

Published: 14 June 2012

Fifty international charities and United Nations Agencies have unanimously called for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza. The organizations have published a simple three line statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the tightening of the blockade of the Strip. It reads:

For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: “End the blockade now.”

The government of Israel is facing mounting international criticism for the Gaza blockade and this unanimous statement from some of the most world’s most respected international organizations is likely to increase pressure for the blockade to be lifted.

Notes to Editors

The international aid and development signatories include:

  1. Action Contre la Faim (ACH)
  2. Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (Acted)
  3. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  4. Amnesty International
  5. Broederlijk Delen
  6. CARE International
  7. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
  8. Christian Aid
  9. Christian Peacemaker Team
  10. Cordaid
  11. Danchurchaid
  12. Diakonia
  13. A Different Jewish Voice (Een Ander Joods Geluid)
  14. Emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (EWASH)
  15. Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC)
  16. Handicap International
  17. Help Age International
  18. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
  19. IKV Pax Christi
  20. International Learning Center
  21. Life for Relief and Development
  22. Medicos del Mundo - España (MDM Spain)
  23. Médecins du Monde France (MdM France)
  24. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
  25. Medico International
  26. Movement for Peace (MPDL)
  27. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
  28. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
  29. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  30. Oxfam
  31. Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden
  32. Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH)
  33. Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale
  34. Save the Children
  35. Secours Islamique France
  36. Swedish Organization for Individual Relief
  37. Terre des Hommes Italy (TdH Italy)
  38. Terre des Hommes Lausanne (TdH Suisse)
  39. Terre des Homme
  40. Trócaire
  41. The Carter Center
  42. United Nations Association International Service (UNAIS)
  43. War Child

The United Nations signatories include:

  1. Humanitarian Coordination/Resident Coordinator, occupied Palestinian territory
  2. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  3. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  5. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  6. United Nations Women
  7. World Health Organization (WHO)

 

Related links

Oxfam's response to the crisis in Gaza

Contact Information

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